Who Were the <i>Neoi</i>?

Nigel Kennell

in Epigraphical Approaches to the Post-classical Polis

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199652143
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745935 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Ancient Documents

Who Were the Neoi?

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This chapter reassesses several important aspects of Clarence Forbes' classic study, Neoi: A Contribution to the Study of Greek Associations, in the light of new evidence that has emerged and new perspectives that have developed since its publication in 1933. Specifically, it situates the neoi in their proper military context in the Hellenistic period, both protecting and sometimes threatening the safety of a city, and shows that they were far from the anodyne ‘aftermath of the ephebic training’ of Forbes' conception. In addition, the precise relationship between neoi, their cadets (epheboi), and civic institutions beyond the gymnasium is illuminated by an examination of the ways the term neoi is used in public documents in what Maurice Holleaux called its ‘sens étroit’ and ‘sens large’ (Études II 98).

Keywords: civic institutions; epheboi; gymnasium; military; Neoi; public documents

Chapter.  8242 words. 

Subjects: Classical History

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